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Delapenha hailed as Ja’s greatest ever football

first_imgLloyd Lindberg ‘Lindy’ Delapenha was described as an outstanding sportsman following news of his passing yesterday morning.Delapenha, the first Jamaican footballer to play professionally in England, died at 6 a.m. at the home of his daughter Marie Claire. He was 89.Former national football striker and Allie McNab said Delapenha was by far Jamaica’s greatest footballer.”Lindy’s life was more than being a footballer. He was a sportsman and a personality,” McNab told The Gleaner yesterday.”The black people in England owe Lindy great gratitude for breaking the black barrier. He was the least paid at the time but one of the best. He received a lot of accolades. He was not only a great footballer but also cricketer and golfer and track and field athlete. He chose football over cricket as a career,” McNab added.Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC, also described Delapenha as a great footballer.”He broke barriers. I worked with him at JBC and he always shared his knowledge. It was a honour to know Lindy as he set standards. He will be greatly missed,” Jureidini disclosed.Minister of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange expressed sadness at the death of the allround sports personality.”It is with deep sadness that I learnt this morning of the passing of the outstanding Jamaican sportsman Lloyd Lindberg ‘Lindy’ Delapenha,” Grange said in a release.”His exploits on the football field earned him induction into the American Black Caucus Hall of Fame. Lindy was also a fine golfer who represented Jamaica for many years in the Hoerman Cup Caribbean competition,” she added.Delapenha who attended both Munro College and Wolmer’s Boys School was an outstanding schoolboy athlete who played almost every sport.It was while serving with the British armed forces following World War II that he was spotted by an English football scout playing football for the army.This gained him a trial with Arsenal but he did not sign for the club, and in April 1948 he joined Portsmouth. It was there that he became the first Jamaican to play professional football in England.He went on to win a league championship medal with Portsmouth in 1948. In April 1950, after a successful time with Portsmouth, he went to Middlesbrough where his career took off. Lindy who was at his best on the wing or centre forward, was ‘Bo leading scorer in the 1951-52, 1953-54 and 1955-56 seasons. Overall he slammed in 93 league and FA Cup goals in 270 appearances.He moved to Mansfield Town in June 1958 where he was also a prolific scorer in his two years there before retiring from League football in 1960. He then went to non-league football for three years before moving back to Jamaica and a job as director of sports at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.Professional football careern 1948-50 Portsmouthn 1950-58 Middlesbroughn 1958-60 Mansfield Townn 1960 Hereford Unitedn 1964 Burton Albionlast_img read more

World Record at Berlin Marathon

first_imgBERLIN — Dennis Kimetto knocked 26 seconds off the world marathon record Sept. 28th as the sub-two hour mark moved a step closer.The 30-year-old Kenyan won the 41st edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds, becoming the first man to complete a marathon in under 2 hours, 3 minutes.The previous record of 2:03:23 was set by another Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang, in Berlin last year.“I feel good today for today is a big day for me,” Kimetto said. “The fans made me confident and I thought I could do it.”Second-place Emmanuel Mutai also beat the previous record, finishing in 2:03:13, and he believes a two-hour marathon is possible.“From what I saw today, times are coming down and down. So if not today, then tomorrow,” the 29-year-old Kenyan said. “Maybe next time we’ll get 2:01.”During the race Mutai set a world record in running 30K in 1:27:37, just beating Patrick Makau’s previous best of 1:27.38 from 2011.Abera Kuma of Ethiopia was third in 2:05:56, ahead of Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor and Eliud Kiptanui.Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:20:18, with fellow Ethiopian Feyse Tadese second in 2.20.27.American Shalane Flanagan was third in 2:21:14, missing out on her bid to beat the U.S. record of 2:19:36, yet achieving a personal best. “I think it’s all about perspective. This year I’ve dropped four minutes from my overall marathon time,” said Flanagan, who led by 18 seconds at the 20K mark.Ines Melchor of Peru set a South American record of 2:26:48 in finishing eighth, just behind Anna Hahner of Germany, who delighted home fans with a personal best of 2:26:44 for seventh.Some 40,004 runners from 130 nations were accepted for the race, which was run in perfectly clear conditions.Kimetto, whose previous personal best was the 2:03:45 he ran to win the Chicago Marathon last year, was part of a leading group including Mutai, Kuma, Kiptanui, Kamworor, Tsegaye Kebede, Levy Matebo and Franklin Chepkwony.They maintained a steady pace but lost a couple of seconds after the 12th kilometer, before picking it up again after 15K. Matebo and Kiptanui dropped back as the leaders crossed the halfway mark in 1:01:45 — inside world record pace.Pacemakers Wilfred Kirwa and Geoffrey Ronoh dropped out at 30K, which Mutai reached in a record 1:27:37.He was only accompanied by Kimetto and Kamworor, who dropped 10 seconds behind his compatriots by the 35th kilometer.Kimetto was running more smoothly but Mutai kept challenging, reminding the Chicago marathon champion that he was still there.Kimetto put a couple of seconds on his training partner with an injection of pace in the 39th kilometer, and he used it as the springboard for the seventh world record to be set on Berlin’s flat course, the 10th including women’s races.(CIARAN FAHEY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maria Sakkari Made the Wimbledon 3rd Round; Marcos Baghdatis Beats James Ward

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON – Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari made the Wimbledon third round for the first time on Wednesday, counting her blessings that she once got the chop from a karate class, firstpost.com reports.The 21-year-old from Athens defied her world ranking of 101 to knock out 44th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4.James Ward made it to the third round back in 2015 but has dropped out of the top 1000 in the world this year.FILE – Marcos Baghdatis.And Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a one-time Australian Open finallist made short work of the Brit, dispatching him 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, express.co reports.(AP) Show courts schedule on Tuesday at Wimbledon:Play begins on Centre Court and No. 1 Court at 1200 GMTall other courts at 1030 GMTCentre CourtAngelique Kerber (1), Germany, vs. Irina Falconi, United StatesMartin Klizan, Slovakia, vs. Novak Djokovic (2), SerbiaAlexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, vs. Roger Federer (3), SwitzerlandNo. 1 CourtMilos Raonic (6), Canada, vs. Jan-Lennard Struff, GermanyKarolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, vs. Evgeniya Rodina, RussiaDominic Thiem (8), Australia, vs. Vasek Pospisil, CanadaNo. 2 CourtJuan Martin del Potro (29), Argentina, vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis, AustraliaAgnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, vs. Jelena Jankovic, SerbiaJeremy Chardy, France, vs. Tomas Berdych (11), Czech RepublicOns Jabeur, Tunisia, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), RussiaNo. 3 CourtKyle Edmund, Britain, vs. Alexander Ward, BritainEkaterina Alexandrova, Russia, vs. Garbine Muguruza (14), SpainEvgeny Donskoy, Russia, vs. Alexander Zverev (10), GermanyKristina Mladenovic (12), France, vs. Pauline Parmentier, FranceCourt 12Richard Gasquet (22), France, vs. David Ferrer, SpainKatie Boulter, Britain, vs. Christina McHale, United StatesGrigor Dimitrov (13), Bulgaria, vs. Diego Schwartzman, ArgentinaOceane Dodin, France, vs. Lucie Safarova (32), Czech RepublicCourt 18Mona Barthel, Germany, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe (24), United StatesGael Monfils (15), France, vs. Daniel Brands, GermanyJames Ward, Britain, vs. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus(AP) — Results on Monday at Wimbledon:Singles Men First RoundJo-Wilfried Tsonga (12), France, def. Cameron Norrie, Britain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France, def. Nick Kyrgios (20), Australia, 6-3, 6-4 retired.Benoit Paire, France, def. Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10), 6-4.Karen Khachanov (30), Russia, def. Andrey Kuznetsov, Russia, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.Simone Bolelli, Italy, def. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Denis Shapovalov, Canada, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1.Sam Querrey (24), United States, def. Thomas Fabbiano, Italy, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-2.Dustin Brown, Germany, def. Joao Sousa, Portugal, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4.Kei Nishikori (9), Japan, def. Marco Cecchinato, Italy, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.Thiago Monteiro, Brazil, def. Andrew Whittington, Australia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).Andy Murray (1), Britain, def. Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.Kevin Anderson, South Africa, def. Fernando Verdasco (31), Spain, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8), 6-3.Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Spain, def. Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.Donald Young, United States, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-2, retired.Florian Mayer, Germany, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-1, retired.Andreas Seppi, Italy, def. Norbert Gombos, Slovakia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.Rafael Nadal (4), Spain, def. John Millman, Australia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, def. Marius Copil, Romania, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 6-3, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-2.Lucas Pouille (14), France, def. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (2).Marin Cilic (7), Croatia, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.Fabio Fognini (28), Italy, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, def. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.Daniil Medvedev, Russia, def. Stan Wawrinka (5), Switzerland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.Gilles Muller (16), Luxembourg, def. Marton Fucsovics, Hungary, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, def. Renzo Olivo, Argentina, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, def. Tommy Haas, Germany, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.Steve Johnson (26), United States, def. Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.Aljaz Bedene, Britain, def. Ivo Karlovic (21), Croatia, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7), 8-6.Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, def. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.Radu Albot, Moldova, leads Facundo Bagnis, Argentina, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9), susp., darkness.Women First RoundMadison Keys (17), United States, def. Nao Hibino, Japan, 6-4, 6-2.Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, def. Laura Robson, Britain, 6-4, 6-2.Camila Giorgi, Italy, def. Alize Cornet, France, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, def. Irina Khromacheva, Russia, 6-3, 6-4.Wang Qiang, China, def. Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-4.Simona Halep (2), Romania, def. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, 6-4, 6-1.Venus Williams (10), United States, def. Elise Mertens, Belgium, 7-6 (7), 6-4.Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine, def. Ashleigh Barty, Australia, 7-5, 7-6 (8).Carina Witthoeft, Germany, def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (26), Croatia, 6-3, 5-7, 8-6.Barbora Strycova (22), Czech Republic, def. Veronica Cepede Royg, Paraguay, 6-3, 6-3.Francesca Schiavone, Italy, def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 6-1, 6-1.Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, def. Roberta Vinci (31), Italy, 7-6 (6), 6-2.Naomi Osaka, Japan, def. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (3).Maria Sakkari, Greece, def. Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.Petra Kvitova (11), Czech Republic, def. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4.Dominika Cibulkova (8), Slovakia, def. Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7.Caroline Garcia (21), France, def. Jana Cepelova, Slovakia, 6-1, 6-1.Madison Brengle, United States, def. Richel Hogenkamp, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-3.Francoise Abanda, Canada, def. Kurumi Nara, Japan, 6-2, 6-4.Jennifer Brady, United States, def. Danka Kovinic, Montenegro, 6-3, 6-1.Ana Bogdan, Romania, def. Duan Ying-Ying, China, 6-4, 6-2.Johanna Konta (6), Britain, def. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, 6-2, 6-2.Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, def. Naomi Broady, Britain, 6-4, 6-2.Heather Watson, Britain, def. Maryna Zanevska, Belgium, 6-1, 7-6 (5).Anastasija Sevastova (18), Latvia, def. Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 7-6 (3).Ana Konjuh (27), Croatia, def. Sabine Lisicki, Germany, 6-1, 6-4.Peng Shuai, China, def. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-4.Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, def. CiCi Bellis, United States, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.Donna Vekic, Croatia, def. Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1.Carla Suarez Navarro (25), Spain, def. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.Elena Vesnina (15), Russia, def. Anna Blinkova, Russia, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.Jelena Ostapenko (13), Latvia, def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.last_img read more